2014 We Design Trends
1. Grid Layouts - Agree & Is Good!
Yes visual marketing + pinterest + mobile is making the grid ubiquitous. I created a Mondrian grid in 1999 when we launched FoundObjects.com (not gone sadly). Grids help share MORE information faster and in the same space than any other design element.
2. Image Captions - Agree and is GREAT
The area immediately under an image is HOT. Everyone looks there but few designers use captions to reinforce or explain the image. Paying more attention to keywords under images is a great idea.
3. Extended Form Elements with JQuery - Don't Know? Does anyone?
Can't comment on this trend as it is new to me and I don't program so its potential benefits are fuzzy at the moment.
4. Deeply Focused Landing Pages thanks to Mobile - Agree & Is Cool
Don't understand this trend except enough to say COOL and WANT ONE.
5. HTML5 Video Players - Agree and GLAD
Don't play your videos on YouTube only since you just make the rich get richer. Figuring out how to play videos "in your stack" is important and having your own HTML5 player is cool.
6. 3D vs. 7. Flat Design - I come down on Flat Design as the winner due to mobile.
8. Personal Portraits - Agree and Like
9. SVG Vector sweeps web as browser support escalates. Agree & Glad.
10. Fonts get cool thanks to server advance - cool and like but not a religion or anything lol.
11. Lazy Loading Animations - cool and can think of several uses.
12. Customized Image Galleries - cool and we need.
13. Mega Navigation Menus - Don't know but don't like idea, seems confusing where confusion can really hurt.
14. Expanding Search Bars - cool and will use.
15. Featured Detail List - LIKE and is cool and new to me.
16. Mobile First Design - Agree and am doing my first now with CrowdFunde.
17. HTML5 Canvas - cool and new to me.
18, Pixel Sprites and Browser Games - New to me but COOL!
19. Quick Registration via social - AGREE!
20, CSS3 Keyframe Animation - Cool, want one.
Via Martin (Marty) Smith, Michael Allenberg